Alfred Kamon

[FE8] Fire Emblem: Midnight Sun ~ v.1.6 OUT. Not working on v.2.0

Which one will you choose? Shiori or Faratrass?   386 members have voted

  1. 1. Chapters 9~14 will have a route split. In route "A" you'll follow Faratrass, while in route "B", Shiori. Read the details of each route in the answers below and pick the one you'll play first / you like the most.

    • Route A: Main lord: Faratrass. Will travel through Tartaros and meet insidious maps filled with enemies that will alter your STATUS condition (poison, sleep, silence, sick, leg bind and others). The chapter goals will be TRADITIONAL (defeat all, etc.)
    • Route B: Main lord: Shiori. Will travel through Lazulis where enemies will be really POWERFUL and with high Mov and Con. The goals of the chapters will be very INNOVATIVE and it'll take a while to complete each map.

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Sunpath of Midnight wasn't coming out like I was expecting, and the hack was overall quite rushed and didn't meet my expectations, so I decided to scrap it and remake it from the beginning. I've put a lot of thought in the story and the map/gameplay design this time, and with the support of the spriter and friend Arcfalchion, things this time went more smoothly.

Let's see... I last updated this topic on 25th December 2012... wow, that's almost a year.

So, I'm glad to present you Fire Emblem: Midnight Sun.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfXFUg6NcDI

 

*What is this hack about?

 

First of all, this is an FE: Sacred Stones hack, and not an FE7 hack. I've really worked a lot to create some functioning and complicated events for the FE8 engine, and I also had to figure out how most things worked, like the world map or some particular story events. plus a billion of minor things

The story takes place in a Magvel from a parallel world, after the War of the Stones. This means that I took FE8's folklore and legends (in particular the one of the Demon King) but not the nations and the characters, which are completely new. I just needed the legend of the Demon King for my story, and nothing else, so don't expect this game to be a sequel/crossover of sorts: it's a completely new project.

 

*How does the story begin?

 

After the War of the Stones, only one of the five Sacred Stones remained, and it contained the soul of the Demon King. However, the tremendous power of the monster in time started to overcome the sealing powers of a single stone, and so scholars found an alternative way to contain the King's pressuring strength. Eventually, they found out that it was possible to seal the Demon in a human body with particular magic powers, through a ceremony that was later called Vassalage.

Lady Faratrass is the Princess of the Kingdom of Hoikade, and she's the third Vassal of the Demon King. She was taught on arcane magic arts in order to control the Demon King better, and she's loved by her people who see her like the maiden who keeps all the evil under control, allowing them to live peacefully.

One day, however... Faratrass will be forced to fight her own people. And under those circumstances, will the people of Hoikade see her as their beloved princess, or as the fearsome Demon King of the legends?

 

*Graphics

 

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Thanks to Arcfalchion, my splices have finally been replaced with some cool full-custom mugs.

By the way, why don't you visit her deviantart page and leave a comment if you appreciated her sprites? ;) That would be much appreciated.

 

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Some of you might have already noticed this since it was in my signature. New statsheet and an actual Mag / Str split... this hack has it all!

 

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New weapon icons thanks to GabrielKnight.

 

We still need some time to have some full-custom graphics, though. As of now, all the bosses need to be redesigned, and some menu graphics will be improved.

 

*Music

 

I've redone the whole OST. 95% of the songs you'll hear in this hack won't be Fire Emblem-ish. It took me a while (I have a folder with more than 900 midis I searched and downloaded for this project), but it was worth it. Master Sound Technician Agro gave me some good advice too, so hopefully this hack will at least *sound* good.

 

*Two words about Gameplay

 

Since I'm a Fire Emblem fan myself, I wanted to create something "new" and different, possibly never seen and fresh. You'll find plenty of chapters with unusual goals, and some chapters that have alternate endings based on how you play them. Also, recruiting new units might be a little tricky in this hack, because: a) Faratrass' position is complicated and it's obvious that most people won't join her side. b) I like to play with events and reward the player with some extra units instead of giving them at the beginning of each chapter.

However, don't worry, I marked in red some words in the dialogues to give you hints on how you should behave in the chapters in order to unlock the achievements.

 

*What is the state of the project?

 

The current patch contains 12 chapters up to Chapter 8, including the Prologue and Chapter 5x, plus a chapter in The Tower of Trials and finally some skirmishes.

I'm slowly working on the new chapters in this period (my priority is to study for my exams right now).

Version 2.0 will contain these new chapters: 9A/9B, 10A/10B, 11A/11B, 12A/12B, 13A/13B, 14A/14B, 15 and 16.

That's a good number of them and I need some time to have them ready.

So I suppose that v.2.0 will be released in 2016 or 2017.

 

Please remember that Fire Emblem: Midnight Sun is, and will always be, a COMPLETELY FREE project.

The developers work hard on it every single day knowing that well, with passion and dedication.

However, if you want to contribute to our motivation, you can donate at the following link:

 

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This won't serve to make the game come out any earlier: it WILL be released anyway. It's just a token of appreciation for the work that is being made with passion for this fan project.
 
Other than that, I hope you enjoy the game!

 

DOWNLOAD FE: MIDNIGHT SUN V.1.6 HERE!

(...And remember to patch it to FE8, not to FE7!)

 

What's new in this version?

[spoiler=v.1.6 changelog]

Here we go, everybody.

 

I present to you the latest version of Fire Emblem: Midnight Sun!

What's new?

 

> Actually, very little. This version (1.6) has the same chapters as the previous one (1.2) + The first extra chapter in the Tower of Trials

and a couple Skirmish battles. So you can say it has a total of 12 chapters for now.

> All the chapters in the game have been polished and now feature:

- New mechanics

- New stats and growths

- New dialogues

- New secrets & unlockables

- New animations

- New sprites

- New and faster booting

 

I've also fixed a number of bugs from the previous version.

- Fixed the cursor in chapter 8

- Fixed the event glitches in chapter 5x

- Fixed the pausing/resuming glitch involving Sae'rah recruitment in chapter 6

- Some weird text appeared in the Prologue
- Garion's death quote in chapter 3 was bugged
- The village in chapter 6 didn't display any text
- The Mars item didn't give any Str boost
- The Barrier staff and the Holy Badge item didn't give any Res boost

 

PLEASE NOTE THAT YOUR V.1.2 SAVEFILE ISN'T COMPATIBLE WITH THIS V.1.6. I'm sorry, but I had to mess with the savefiles to improve the game mechanics. Don't worry though, this is the only and last time -- v.2.0 will be compatible with your v.1.6 saves.

 

I know you're hungry for new content, but I ask you to be a little more patient. I've already some chapters ready and finished for v.2.0, but they're not enough for a release... yet. Expect more from the hack by the end of the year!

 

I also wanted to thank you dearly for the 17'000+ downloads.

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Special thanks to everyone who worked hard on this!

[spoiler=Credits]Credits

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***STAFF - people who worked
REALLY hard on this project:***
 
--Hacking--
Alfred Kamon (hacking; scripts; events)
Brendor (ASM hacking)
 
--STORY and CHARACTERS--
Alfred Kamon (ideation and writing)
Wayward Winds (proofreading and counselling)
 
--Graphics--
Regina R. aka Arcfalchion (ALL the full custom mugs of playable characters)
GabrielKnight (weapon icons, Phoebe's mug)
Alfred Kamon (Faratrass, Hellios, Shiori and Rya's animations, menu graphics, map sprites and palettes, other stuff)
 
--Music--
Alfred Kamon
 
--Maps--
Alfred Kamon
 
--Map & Gameplay Design--
Alfred Kamon
 
--Playtesting--
The whole staff (Alfred Kamon, Regina, Kyle, Wayward Winds. Especially Wayward Winds.)
Some irl friends of mine. (Stefan, Andrew. Thanks guys!)
The guys at serenes.
 
 
***Contributors - people who haven't worked on this
project directly, but have offered some resources***
 
The Blind Archer - battle animations (armoured knight w/ swords, bows, axes)
eCut & Kitty of time - axe cavalier animation
oracle of fire - axe dragon knight animation
Mageknight404 - sword pegasus knight animation
Eliwan - Sae'rah soldier animation
Gabrielknight - Andre's mage animation
 
Please tell me if I have forgotten someone!
 
***SPECIAL THANKS***
- To Regina. I'm glad I met you and this project wouldn't have come so far
without you.
- To Blazer. Not only you're a great friend, but it was thanks to your
Ultimate Tutorial if I was even able to start hacking.
- To Ashley. You've done a lot for me and this project. You've been
up until late in the night just to proofread my nonsense. Thank
you so much for everything, my friend.
- To Brendor. You're awesome, bro! You always cheer me up in any possible
way, and your ASM hacks rock!
- To circleseverywhere, Crazycolorz5, Vennobennu and Camtech for their
contributes and hacks.
- To Agro, for offering some suggestions on music hacking (btw, he helped
me with the boss theme from Bravely default). Thanks man!
- To Primefusion for teaching me a couple things about maps.
- To Rey aka shadowofchaos for the Hellios/Faratrass animations fixes.
- To Ray aka Mageknight404 for offering me some good advice on FE8 hacking
back in the day, and for inspiring me with his own FE8 hack.
- To everybody who created the hacking programs and tools. I'm sorry,
you're too many, but I really appreciate what you do for the community!
- To those who commented in my topic offering their critiques back in the day.
- To everyone who has supported me in these two years, even with a few words
in the official thread. You're precious to me.
- To YOU! Thanks for downloading (and playing, hopefully) Fire Emblem: Midnight Sun!
 
24th February 2016,
Alfred Kamon

 
 

03/15/15 - INTERVIEW with the creator!

 

*Important Updates*

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- Mageknight404's artwork of Faratrass and Shiori. Beware the slight spoilers, it's best if you see it after you've cleared ch.8.

 

Cheers.

 

  I won't abandon this project, it's important to me. It has a special meaning. So, I'll bring it to an end, even if it'll take me months, years!

^(written on October 3rd 2012... and still going on!)

 

Edited by Alfred Kamon

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WOW ! looks good very promising, though i have two questions?

1 where did the vaguely soren looking sprite come from?

2 would you like help on maps

also the image quality is kinda bad not sure how you would fix it though

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First things first, you have screens and already showing some progress which, like Cyron said, is very promising. I also like that you have enough conviction to post this:

I won't abandon this project, is important to me. It has a special meaning. So, I'll bring it to an end, even if it'll take me months, years...

I hope you get this done because it looks pretty cool. Also I don't think there has been a hack with deep psychological development of characters before.

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Guess I'll be the first person to say that Fa's portrait is awful. :3

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WOW ! looks good very promising, though i have two questions?

1 where did the vaguely soren looking sprite come from?

2 would you like help on maps

also the image quality is kinda bad not sure how you would fix it though

Thank you very much!

Answers:

1- I did it using a Soren sprite as base! ; )

2- I hope not to sound selfish, but I want to do this hack all by myself: like I said, it has a special meaning to me. This doesn't mean I don't need help, so even if I won't accept maps or sprites made from others, suggestions on how to improve my sprites/maps are well accepted. ^^

So it's a "yes" if you intended to help me on improving my mapping skills, "no" if you wanted to make maps for my game.

First things first, you have screens and already showing some progress which, like Cyron said, is very promising. I also like that you have enough conviction to post this:

I hope you get this done because it looks pretty cool. Also I don't think there has been a hack with deep psychological development of characters before.

Thank you very much! I'm glad you're liking the project. And yes, I like writing stories with deep psychological developments, so I'll try my best to insert them into a game. :3

Guess I'll be the first person to say that Fa's portrait is awful. :3

You aren't the first, 'cause the first it's me, lol.

The portrait sprites are still VERY preliminary, I didn't work on them for much time. Will fix them later.

I know, I never sprited before and I still need MUCH improvement in portraits. Any suggestions, though? Simply saying that it's awful doesn't help me much.

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heh i would likely be to lazy to make you maps i meant advice mainly

also i would advise you change the portrait thats a soren look alike spriters dislike people editting thier work without permision

finally the conviction that you will finish it is very good

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heh i would likely be to lazy to make you maps i meant advice mainly

also i would advise you change the portrait thats a soren look alike spriters dislike people editting thier work without permision

finally the conviction that you will finish it is very good

Thanks again.

Ahah it's alright, then!

Anyway, I didn't "steal" the sprite to anyone, it's just a sprite from PoR resized and edited, that's all.

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Well for the portrait advice, where did you get the colors? They seem kinda off, like Fa's lightest color is way too light compared to her darkest.

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Thanks again.

Ahah it's alright, then!

Anyway, I didn't "steal" the sprite to anyone, it's just a sprite from PoR resized and edited, that's all.

okay that fine also do you want beta testers?

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Well for the portrait advice, where did you get the colors? They seem kinda off, like Fa's lightest color is way too light compared to her darkest.

I...I made them. ^_^" Now I seriously think I'll make a better portrait soon. D:

By the way, by "lightest and darkest" do you mean her "face" color and her "hair" one?

okay that fine also do you want beta testers?

In future yes, I want to make some chapters before.

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This shows a lot of potential. But, I have to say:

-The sprites look bad. I hope you're going to edit it to make it look better.

-The plot doesn't seem very generic when it comes to FE hacks. It seems to have potential, and if you pull it off well, it would be great.

-I really think you should use a different battle window theme. I've seen so many hacks use the same background themes from SS, SoS, and FE7, it's annoying.

But of course, I'm just a newcomer at this, so you do whatever you think is best

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eh this has potental, its up to you to make that potental become alive.

this is a step up from what i've seen but i won't be impressed just yet

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-I really think you should use a different battle window theme. I've seen so many hacks use the same background themes from SS, SoS, and FE7, it's annoying.

you know what else is annoying?

replacing the damn thing

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you know what else is annoying?

replacing the damn thing

;/

Wait, it's really that hard? Damn. :/

Of course, I also said that I'm a noob at this, so the OP should do whatever he/she thinks would be best and not take my advice whatsoever.

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This shows a lot of potential. But, I have to say:

-The sprites look bad. I hope you're going to edit it to make it look better.

-The plot doesn't seem very generic when it comes to FE hacks. It seems to have potential, and if you pull it off well, it would be great.

-I really think you should use a different battle window theme. I've seen so many hacks use the same background themes from SS, SoS, and FE7, it's annoying.

But of course, I'm just a newcomer at this, so you do whatever you think is best

Thank you for your comment. I don't care if you're a newcomer, you have eyes to see and a mind to think, so EVERY comment may be of help in improving, for me.

Now, let's answer.

- The sprites still suck and I know it. I've already written it many times here, they're beta sprites, I'll make better ones when I have time.

Also, please note everyone that what you see here isn't definitive at all. It's just a beta version of my hack I made in a hurry to let you see my work so far, and to obtain general feedbacks in order to improve it while-doing.

What I have in mind still is different.

- I will try my best. Also, writing the plot and dialogues is what I enjoy most in this hacking.

- For this one.. I'll try, I've considered that too but it seems a pain in the ass to change battlescreen.

eh this has potental, its up to you to make that potental become alive.

this is a step up from what i've seen but i won't be impressed just yet

Thank you very much.

And just wait, I'll impress you sir, sooner or later.

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This hacks looks nice, it shows a lot of potential, and unexpected depth for a FE game, especially since you're a beginner at this (can't say I'm very good either, since I've never even come close to try to hack something xD).

Anyway, aside from what everyone already said, what do you mean when you say "new classes" just a "generic" new lord class or an entirely new roster?

Also I love how Karla suddenly becomes dark mage lord princess. I've been waiting for dark mage lord for a while, it's nice to finally get one!

One question though: How much chapters have you planned so far?

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Ha ha dof and mk404 changed the battle background now everyone isn't cool unless they do it too because its so easy ha ha

...

But seriously this hack is beautiful and I hope it genuinely does have deep psychological development of the characters. For once I'm gonna just say that I wanna play a hack with a good story and that's all I'll care about.

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http://i50.tinypic.com/205cdcn.jpg http://i48.tinypic.com/4jx6cx.jpg

These two lines in particular stick out as being very ... disjointed. Like, nobody would ever say that to a bunch of soldiers trying to kill them, and as for the description I'm not even sure what the combination of 'dismal and lunatic' would even be. Everyone's already commented on sprites, so...

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Ha ha dof and mk404 changed the battle background now everyone isn't cool unless they do it too because its so easy ha ha

Someone needs to get their facts straight ;D

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and as for the description I'm not even sure what the combination of 'dismal and lunatic' would even be.

I can think of what it might be, but not what it would be :? If I had to choose one word that combines the two in their most seemingly (to me) contradictory forms it would be "Byronic [hero]," with the admission that I have little familiarity with the works of Byron himself. Going by the initial premise I think the word might entail a fair amount of what was intended.

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Still undecided on things like story/character. Will critique those as more comes out.

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This hacks looks nice, it shows a lot of potential, and unexpected depth for a FE game, especially since you're a beginner at this (can't say I'm very good either, since I've never even come close to try to hack something xD).

Anyway, aside from what everyone already said, what do you mean when you say "new classes" just a "generic" new lord class or an entirely new roster?

Also I love how Karla suddenly becomes dark mage lord princess. I've been waiting for dark mage lord for a while, it's nice to finally get one!

One question though: How much chapters have you planned so far?

Thank you very much. =)

For "new classes" I intended the old roster + some new ones, not only the main lord

lords*

but also some I personally invented and have never been seen (I think).

Yeah I love Karla dark mage too, lol, but I'll change the portrait sprite soon.

I have planned about 20 chapters, but I have the idea to split the storyline in two at a certain point of the story, like in the original Sacred Stones. It won't follow this or that character, though, it will be something deeper.

Ha ha dof and mk404 changed the battle background now everyone isn't cool unless they do it too because its so easy ha ha

...

But seriously this hack is beautiful and I hope it genuinely does have deep psychological development of the characters. For once I'm gonna just say that I wanna play a hack with a good story and that's all I'll care about.

Thank you very much, I'll try my best in making this interesting. As I wrote in the first post description, I mainly had to tell a story with this hack. I'm not an artist nor a programmer, but in order to reach good results I had to wear those roles as well.

http://i50.tinypic.com/205cdcn.jpg http://i48.tinypic.com/4jx6cx.jpg

These two lines in particular stick out as being very ... disjointed. Like, nobody would ever say that to a bunch of soldiers trying to kill them, and as for the description I'm not even sure what the combination of 'dismal and lunatic' would even be. Everyone's already commented on sprites, so...

It seems absurd at the beginning of the story, but I assure you it will be clearer when you see the following chapters.

Fa is highly contradictory. She has deep thoughts and want to change herself, but she also is irrational at times and enjoy things she will regret later, like killing or having absurd behaviours. That's the "lunatic" part. I could also have used the term "psycho" but it seemed too heavy to me. The "dismal" part is a reaction to her lunatic side, so that she feels depressed and dull because of her actions.

So basically Fa can't control herself and doesn't really know what she really wants. She'll slowly understand it on her path.

I also think that this insane characterization fits her being a Dark Mage Lord.

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You know, if you want to write an epic story, Written Works is ====> that way.

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You aren't the first, 'cause the first it's me, lol.

[/size]I know, I never sprited before and I still need MUCH improvement in portraits. Any suggestions, though? Simply saying that it's awful doesn't help me much.

Little late here, cause I haven't been on SF in a day or two, but basically your colours are totally off. The portrait itself I wouldn't even say is that bad, but the hair colours basically just took the shading and destroyed it. I'd say try recolouring it using someone from vanilla FE's hair colours.

Also, I do think it's good you have a story and a drive to tell it (Not meaning to just spew hate, it has promise if you can fix up the portraits somewhat)

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